As many customers of SmallWeb might already know, one of the main goals in 2020 is to upgrade most if not all locations to use NVMe storage. This idea was polled on Twitter back in February. (This year has gone really fast).

NVMe Twitter Poll

Although I don’t decide things purely based on Twitter polls, it was good to see a positive result in the direction I was aiming towards. Many months went by whilst searching for a new provider and then eventually things got extremely busy. Now I’ve finally decided it’s time to give Amsterdam some of the love it deserves and it’s been re-deployed through MaxKVM. They’re very active over at LowEndSpirit where I found them and seem extremely friendly from their posts over there and through my interactions with them via live chat and ticket.

Server Comparison

Old Server Specifications

The below is the specifications for the original Amsterdam server from IntoVPS.

  • RAM: 8GB
  • CPU: 2 Cores, Intel CPU @ 2.4GHz
  • Storage: 60GB SSD
  • Virtualisation: KVM
  • Bandwidth: 3TB

New Server Specifications

The below is the specifications for the new Amsterdam server from MaxKVM.

  • RAM: 4GB
  • CPU: 2 Cores, AMD CPU @ 3.0GHz
  • Storage: 75GB NVMe
  • Virtualisation: KVM
  • Bandwidth: 3TB

In return for a generous bump in CPU specification and a conversion to NVMe storage I’ve picked something with less RAM, intentionally to be more in line with SmallWeb’s “expand as you grow” model. As you can see from the image below taken from HetrixTools, the average RAM usage on the old server was 1.29GiB for the past 6 months with a peak usage of 1.43GiB.


Additionally for comparison, the average CPU usage for the same period is listed as 15.87%.

Old AMS CPU Usage

Something that may be handy with the new server set up is the ability to upgrade individual elements of resources, i.e disk space. This may prove to be useful in the future if our resource limits need re-balancing.

Hope you enjoyed the short and simple behind the scenes. I’ll post something more in-depth soon hopefully!

Disclaimer: While this post compares two servers from two different providers, it is not a review that dictates if you should purchase from one provider of the other. Both of the mentioned providers offer a high quality service and professional support. Who you may choose depends on your specific individual circumstances, and in this circumstance NVMe storage was a must.

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